India is a destination that is part of every avid traveller’s bucket list. With a heritage that is more than three thousand years old, the country has lots to offer.
India has all the qualities of a great tourist destination. It has something for everyone! In terms of transportation, accommodation, food, and shopping, the options are plentiful. Opt to stay in a grand palace or a quaint home stay, shop the best of the world’s luxury brands or grab a bargain, dine in the finest restaurants or sample the choicest street food offerings; whatever your choice, the experience is bound to be unforgettable!
Bangalore the capital of India’s southern Karnataka state is known for its green spaces and nightlife. A well-connected transport system lets you travel hassle-free both within and outside the city. You’ll find numerous options to get around Bangalore with cabs and the metro and the bus systems being the most efficient.
Bangalore’s malls and shopping centers are bound to bring out the shopaholic in you. The biggest of international brands in malls such as UB City or Phoenix Market City will cater to all your retail needs.
The city is a foodie’s delight. Fine dining, themed restaurants, bustling darshinis, or good old street food, Bangalore has something for everyone. You are sure to find a famous eatery at every nook and corner of the city. Our very own “Food Street”, VV Puram, is a must visit. Here, one can relish a variety of delectable street food and is surprisingly light on the pocket!
Bangalore is well-equipped to offer the best of the world’s cuisine, unmatched hospitality, buzzing nightlife, and an unforgettable experience. Its diverse population, world-class amenities, and safe environment gives the city an upper hand for hosting international festivals and events.
Bangalore International Airport
Bangalore Golf Club Opp venue hotel
Here are some of the famous attractions easily accessible:
Bannerghatta National Park
The southern portion of India consists of the states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, and Telangana. Though there are similarities in the way people interact and dress, differences can be spotted in art and culture forms, languages, and scriptures.
Best known for its filter coffee and Kanchipuram silk sarees, Tamil Nadu will never fail to amaze you! You can explore the centuries old temples of Mahabalipuram, take a safari into Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary, test the wondrous musical pillars of Meenakshi Amman temple at Madurai, or just soak in the scenic beauty of Yercaud. Take your pick!
Want to relax and rejuvenate? Kerala is the destination for you! The aromas of exotic spices, the backwaters of Alleppey and the serene landscapes of Munnar are sure to excite your senses. Also, don’t forget to treat your mind, body, and soul to an authentic Kerala Ayurvedic massage.
If you are an ardent foodie, you MUST try the delectable kebabs and oh-so-famous, lip-smacking biryani Hyderabad has to offer. Or you can choose to discover the age old shrines of Lepakshi, which were built by the 16th century kings of the Vijayanagara dynasty. The choice is yours.
Karnataka, on the other hand, is true to its tourism board slogan “One State, Many Worlds.” You can club-hop like there’s no tomorrow in Bangalore city, dine like royalty in Mysore, catch a glimpse of a mighty Bengal tiger in Nagarahole, explore the caves of Badami, be marvelled at the stone chariot and the musical pillars among the ruins of Hampi, have a delightful stay in one of Coorg’s numerous coffee plantations, scuba dive in the waters of Murdeshwar, go on a temple run through the towns of Belur and Halebidu, visit the magnificent and munificent 57 feet tall Bahubali statue in Shravanabelagola or even try your hand at angling in Kabini. Most of Karnataka’s famous attractions are only at an arm’s length distance from Bangalore!
For more information on Karnataka Tourism visit http://www.karnatakatourism.org/
Kamakshi Temple, Kanchipuram
Tea Gardens, Munnar
Lepakshi Temple, Hindupur
The northern part of India has its own charm. It has been the setting for some of the oldest dynasties in the world. Its centuries-old culture and heritage, unique sights and sounds, enchanting natural beauty, and friendly people are bound to make your holiday unforgettable.
If you wish to discover the wonders of the North, why not start with the country’s capital? Delhi has a lengthy history of being the capital for many kingdoms. The city is home to some of the most iconic monuments in the world. The sheer difference between old Delhi and its administrative counterpart would fascinate any traveller. Also, the ancient city of Agra is only a short ride away. This captivating city is home to some famous monuments of the Mughal dynasty such as the Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikri, and the greatest shrine of love – The Taj Mahal.
Want a quiet retreat in the hills? Then head to Himachal Pradesh. Here, you could spend a relaxing weekend in the former summer capital of British India, Shimla; try your hand at pottery at the artistic town of Andretta; take long walks in the green pastures of Khajjiar; be mesmerized by Spiti Valley, a desert valley nestled in the Himalayas; or just try out some mountain adventure activities in Manali. Whatever your choice, the state’s breath-taking landscapes will leave you asking for more.
Kashmir is another great vacation spot in the snow-capped Himalayas. The attractions range from trekking on the frozen Zanskar river, being amazed by the beauty of Pangong lake, and experiencing the magic of magnetic hill to staying in extravagant house boats in Srinagar and hiking up to visit the peaceful Phugtal monastery.
Want to experience rich Indian culture, adrenaline-pumping adventure sports, and picturesque landscapes all in one place? Head to Uttarakhand – The Land of the Gods. Get your fix of adventure in Rishikesh, which is well-known among rafting and camping enthusiasts. Make a trip to the age old, holy cities of Varanasi and Haridwar to soak in the ancient culture and heritage this country has to offer. Take a jungle safari in Jim Corbett National Park to discover a majestic tiger in its natural habitat. Or you could travel to Almora to enjoy a panoramic view of the Himalayas while you sip tea in your hotel room!
The Eastern portion of India is a world of its own. The influence of Tibetan and Burmese cultures on music, food, and art is very evident here. If you wish to explore the untouched, natural beauty the country has to offer, this should be your first stop. This region is home to some of the densest forests, pristine waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, and the friendliest of people. May it be engaging in adventure sports, savouring unique local cuisines, observing animals in their natural habitat, or just enjoying the sights and sounds, you are in for an experience of a lifetime.
You could head to West Bengal to appreciate the fusion of colonial-era architecture and Bengali culture in B, sample some Darjeeling tea on top of the “Queen of the hills,” indulge your taste buds in some authentic Bengali sweets, take the Sandakphu trek and soak in the views of the tallest mountains in the world, and even tip-toe through the forests of Sunderbans in hopes to spot the famed Bengal tiger!
If you wish to be one with nature, then Meghalaya is the place for you! Its living route bridges, spectacular waterfalls, and relaxing hot springs are sure to excite nature enthusiasts. Also, when in Meghalaya, one must explore the caves of Khasi Hills, experience the tranquil landscapes and colonial charm of Shillong, and enjoy monsoons in Cheerapunji.
Want to experience Indian, Tibetan, and Burmese cultures in one place? Then visit Arunachal Pradesh. This state is known for its unique native tribes, diverse cultures, rich heritage, coupled with untouched natural beauty. The picturesque town of Tawang, wildlife sanctuaries that are home to numerous rare species of animals and birds, and adventure sports opportunities are bound to capture a place in your heart.
If you are visiting North-East for a short trip, don’t forget to add Assam to your itinerary. Nestled between two valleys, the state’s sprawling tea plantations, picture-perfect hill stations, distinct biodiversity, and pleasant climate are not to be missed. Be sure to visit Kaziranga National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to catch a glimpse of the endangered Great Indian One-horned Rhinoceros.
Kolkata Howrah Bridge
Kaziranga National Park
The Western part of India comprises of some interesting landscapes. The region is world renowned for its rich history. Parts of this area were the site of one of the oldest civilizations – The Indus Valley Civilization. Great empires such as the Mughals and the Marathas and even the Parsis and Portuguese have influenced the food, art, architecture, and culture of this region. This is where you need to head if you are looking for a unique adventure.
Start your journey in the state of Maharashtra. Its capital, Mumbai, is famous for its hustle and bustle, Bollywood movies, fashion, millionaires, and great street food. Apart from this, the city is also well known for its iconic monuments such as the Gateway of India, the Taj Hotel, and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. Mumbai is only a hop, skip, and jump away from all the other attractions the state has to offer. You can choose to spend a quiet break in one of the region’s many hill stations such as Mahabaleshwar, Lonavla, or Panchgani, relax in the hot springs of Vajreshwari, enjoy the city lights of Pune, or explore the deep caves of Ajanta, Ellora, and Elephanta!
Travel to Gujarat to discover the legacy of the father of the nation – Mahatma Gandhi. Visit Porbandar, the birth place of this great man; march on to Dandi, the setting for the Salt Satyagraha movement; and enjoy the peace and quiet of Sabarmati Ashram, the long-time residence of Gandhiji. Also, when in Gujarat, head to Gir National Park to spot the majestic Asiatic lion, and soak in the raw beauty of the Great Rann of Kutch.
Want to be treated like royalty? Then head to Rajasthan. The palaces and havelis of Udaipur and Jaipur exude flamboyance. The state’s gastronomical delights are beyond delicious. Take some time off to explore the Great Indian Desert. Ride a camel, bash some dunes, savour some Bikaneri Bhujia, attend a desert fair, or even stay in a luxurious campsite!
If you are a foodie, then you must make Punjab part of your itinerary. The succulent Tandoori kebabs, the famous Lassi, and the mouth-watering Parathas are bound to make your tummy happy. You can sample this delicious fare in Amritsar, which also takes pride in being home to one of India’s most breath-taking shrines – the Golden Temple. And while you are in the state, don’t forget to take a sip of the oh-so-famous Patiala peg and witness the most dramatic flag lowering ceremony at the Wagah border.
Love to party? Then Goa is the place for you! Aptly dubbed as India’s party capital, Goa is a vacationer’s paradise. The state offers sandy beaches, comfy beach shacks, hippie markets, Portuguese inspired cuisine, trippy nightlife, and great accommodation options. If you wish to just relax and soak in the sun, then this is where you need to be.
For more information on India Tourism visit incredibleindia.org
Amritsar Golden Temple, Punjab
Amber Fort Jaipur, Rajasthan
Gateway of India, Mumbai
Besilica of Bom Jesus, Goa